One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Attributive Designating a type of safe or box used for keeping food cool, consisting of a rigid framework covered with hessian or netting, and cooled by damp strips of fabric hanging down the sides of the safe from a pan of water on top. Chiefly in "Coolgardie safe".
2A Coolgardie safe.
1920s. From Coolgardie, the name of a town in Western Australia (in the vicinity of which gold was discovered in 1892, resulting in considerable gold-mining activity in the 1890s and early 1900s).
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